Ireland is an island in the northern Atlantic Ocean located off of the western coast of Great Britain. In the Muggle world, the majority of the island is occupied by the Republic of Ireland (also known simply as Ireland). It is a sovereign nation, while the northeast corner is home to Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom. The capital city of the Republic of Ireland is  Dublin and the de facto capital of Northern Ireland is the city of Belfast
The political boundaries and governance of Ireland in the
wizarding world are unknown. It may be a single political entity under the jurisdiction of the British Ministry of Magic.
A delegate from Ireland was a member of the
International Confederation of Wizards, and participated in the meeting held at the Magical Congress of the United States of America on 6 December 1926.
In the early Middle Ages,
Maeve, a witch queen, taught several young witches and wizards in the magical arts. Later, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was founded in Scotland, and Irish witches and wizards were accepted there.
Magical sports and games
One of the ancient broom games played before the climax of the evolution of
Quidditch, Aingingein flourished in Ireland. The game became the subject of many Irish ballads in which Fingal the Fearless took a significant role (being alleged champion of the game).
Modern game of
Quidditch was well established in 14th century in Ireland which is proven by Zacharias Mumps's account - he describes the game between the Irish from Cork and Englishmen from Lancashire, in which Irish team demonstrates tricks with Quaffle at that time unknown in England and beats the English soundly.
1994 the Irish National Quidditch team won the 422nd Quidditch World Cup, defeating the Bulgarian National Quidditch team in the final match.
Species unique to Ireland
The following creatures are all found worldwide:
Seamus Finnigan, a permanent resident of Ireland
Behind the scenes
Domhnall Gleeson and Evanna Lynch at the Irish première of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Fiona Shaw, the actress who portrays Harry Potter's Aunt Petunia in the , is from County Cork in Ireland. Harry Potter films
 Evanna Lynch, the actress who portrays Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, is from County Louth in Ireland.
 Brendan Gleeson, the actor who portrays Alastor Moody in the Harry Potter films is Irish, as well as his son, Domhnall Gleeson, who portrayed Bill Weasley in both film adaptations of . Both are from the capital city, Dublin. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 
 Richard Harris and Michael Gambon, who play Albus Dumbledore, are both Irish. Harris is from County Limerick while Gambon was born in Dublin. 
 Geraldine Somerville, who portrays Lily Evans in the Harry Potter films was born in County Meath, Ireland.
 Hagrid stated in the first film that instead of a "Greek chappie" (which he stated in the book), he obtained Fluffy from an "Irish fellah".
 Devon Murray, the actor who potrays Seamus Finnigan is from County Kildare.
 Ciarán Hinds, who portrayed Aberforth Dumbledore in , is an Irish actor from Belfast, County Antrim. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
 Miranda Richardson, the actress who plays Rita Skeeter, played an Irish terrorist in .
The Crying Game Kenneth Branagh, who portrayed Gilderoy Lockhart in the film adaptation of , is an actor and director from Northern Ireland.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Michelle Fairley is an actress from Northern Ireland who portrayed Mrs Granger in the film adaptions of .
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Colin Farrell, who is set to play Graves in the film adaptation of , is from Dublin.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them In discussing the scene from in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) Pentagram Office, Colin Farrell praised Colleen Atwood's costuming: "There must have been two hundred actors and extras all in the different costumes. Wizards from Hungary, from Mongolia, from Russia, from Thailand, from Ireland, and from Pakistan. It was amazing. They all had culturally relevant garb but with a little wizarding flourish."
Notes and references
Ireland at Wikipedia
, Chapter 8 ( Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire The Quidditch World Cup) - The Bulgarian National Quidditch team was represented by the Bulgarian Minister for Magic, while the Irish National Quidditch team was represented by Cornelius Fudge of the British Ministry of Magic. In addition, the British and Irish Quidditch League, which falls under the authority of the Department of Magical Games and Sports of the British Ministry of Magic, has both a team from Ballycastle, Northern Ireland and a team from Kenmare, Republic of Ireland. This suggests that the whole of Ireland may be a single political entity that falls under the jurisdiction of the British Ministry of Magic in the wizarding world. ↑
- Introducing Percival Graves The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ↑
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, Chapter 7 ( Quidditch Through the Ages Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland) ↑
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, Chapter 8 ( Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire The Quidditch World Cup) ↑
, Chapter 2 ( Quidditch Through the Ages Ancient Broom Games)
, Chapter 8 ( Quidditch Through the Ages The Spread of Quidditch Worldwide) ↑
Chocolate Frog Cards
, Chapter 17 ( Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince A Sluggish Memory) ↑
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
Fiona Shaw at Wikipedia
Evanna Lynch at Wikipedia
Brendan Gleeson at Wikipedia
Domhnall Gleeson at Wikipedia
Richard Harris at Wikipedia
Michael Gambon at Wikipedia
Geraldine Somerville at Wikipedia
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
Devon Murray at Wikipedia ↑
Ciarán Hinds at Wikipedia